Indonesia - Gili snorkeling

For all those who, as I have been inscribed, are attracted to life and the beauty of the seabed but do not dive, snorkeling is a good compromise. Surfaces that can be reached by the sub are certainly more enjoyable, but good satisfaction can be achieved by just diving the head, just do it in the right areas.
Indonesia is located in an area of the Indian Ocean that offers very interesting seabeds, rich in large and small fish, full coral reefs and large coral reefs on easily accessible low seas. In the Bali-Lombok area, the most interesting area is the Gili. The most popular and popular are those located in the northwest of Lombok, Trawangan, Meno and Air. Being Trawangan the point of arrival for most tourists who arrive in these islands by ferry or fast boat from Bali, is also the most organized island for diving. There are many dive centers that also organize excursions to the beach for snorkeling or simply curious lovers. My marine experience in these islands has been both by utilizing organized groups for the most remote areas or by moving independently into the marine areas near the coasts. Group excursions are not in my liking, too many people, lots of jokes, rules that are often not respected and shortly available, I prefer to move freely whenever possible and compatible with the area.

What I feel to recommend to all those concerned is to be well informed before an excursion, always be careful about how you move in the water and be aware of your limitations. On some occasions I found myself in strong currents in a seemingly calm sea, currents difficult to counteract even with good equipment.
Returning to us and talking about Gili's backdrops at snorkeling, I would say that I did not find them as interesting as many tales described them, nice but definitely not like Maldives, Red Sea, Mauritius or Madagascar. This does not mean that excursions are not worth it, but do not expect much.
In Lombok and its environs interesting snorkeling is at the southwest Giles, a real discovery. These islands are located in a quiet sea area, some are uninhabited and wild, all have beautiful beaches of fine coral sand and few are the host structures because the area is still poorly developed touristly. In all of these islands there is a high presence of colored and well-preserved corals on shallow bottom so ideal for snorkeling. Here is the rare blue coral, and there is also an area dedicated to the "cultivation" of coral. Really many tropical fishes that complete the scenes that find it difficult to compare even with the most famous sites.
Below the underwater scuba photos of the islands that I have been able to visit in two days of unbridled and continuous snorkeling with the support of a local fisherman who with his boat and along with the Cloud Guide ( led me In the best sites.

Gili Asahan

Gili Asahan is a fairly big island where there is a small Indonesian village consisting mainly of fishermen. On this island there is also a small but very well-kept accommodation with only three bungalows that overlook a beautiful and deserted beach.

Gili Sudak

Wonderful walks that can be done on the long, mostly white deserted white beaches. Gili Sudak is the closest island to Lombok, it has an excellent coral reef but in an area where sea currents are to be watched..

Gili Kedis

Not far from Gili Sudak is the small and Maldivian Gili Kedis, a kind of white sand atoll surrounded by a wonderful sea. In its vicinity there is a beautiful coral formation rich in tropical fish.

Gili Layar

The tour of these islands reaches Gili Layar, another small pearl of these Gili of the South. Small and uninhabited island, white sandy beach where walking is like being immersed in wild nature The surrounding sea offers exceptional, rich fish and coral reefs Including the rare blue coral.

Gili Nanggu

The next step of the tour takes us to Gili Nanggu where there is a small and small resort where I stayed for one night (see details on the "Gili del Sud" page). In the backdrops of Gili Nanggu there is a real rarity, at least for me, the cultivation of coral. In the surrounding waters of the island, grills on which corals have been laid in place so that they can grow and grow. When large enough and robust they are "transplanted" in areas where coral is scarce.

Gili Rengit

We arrive at Gili Rengit, uninhabited and wild, a point of support for local fishermen. Even here the island's coast is postcard and the tall sun makes the dazzling sand. The sea has shades ranging from the azure to the intense blue. The backdrops surrounding Gili Rengit are remarkable and offer many satisfaction to snorkeling lovers.

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